Colts QB Carson Wentz feels like he has a “new passion for the game” after being traded from the Eagles.
“I really feel like I have a new passion for the game,” Wentz said, via Jonathan X. Simmons of the Indianapolis Star. “I’ve been high, I’ve been injured, I’ve been, now, benched, I’ve been traded, I’ve kinda seen a lot in five years, so whatever the game throws at me I’m ready.”
Wentz reiterated his excitement for the upcoming season and feels that the Colts have a “family element” around the organization.
“I’m excited, I’m excited for it,” Wentz said. “Just being in the organization and being in the facility, it’s definitely a special place. It’s really got a family vibe and a family element … just to know there are some guys before me who had done incredible jobs and really are legends in that city is exciting.”
Jets OL coach John Benton is looking forward to continuing to work with Jets HC Robert Saleh and OC Mike LaFleur after being with them in San Francisco.
“I’m just excited for the opportunity to work with Robert and [offensive coordinator] Mike [LaFleur],” Benton said, via NewYorkJets.com. “I see the situation the Jets have and it seemed like the right decision. We had a good friend relationship in San Francisco and this is a great opportunity for me. Adding all things together, it seemed like the right move.”
Benton mentioned rookie OL Alijah Vera-Tucker has made a good impression early on in practices.
“Very positive, we don’t have pads on yet so there’s a lot of boxes to be checked. But right now, he’s been able to check every box. He’s willing to learn the scheme. Impressive athletically and he seems to fit right in with the guys. He’ll definitely be in the running, provided he passes the physical tests when we put the pads on. But all indications are good.”
Benton added he isn’t worried about OL Mekhi Becton‘s weight heading into the season.
“I’m terrible at specific weights and will leave it to the performance people. The surprising thing to me is that he is a big, heavy man, but not disproportionate. Whatever weight he plays at best, I’m fine with both from a performance and injury prevention standpoint. When you’re standing next to him it does regauge your system for what big and heavy means, and they’re not necessarily mutually exclusive.”
- Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio writes that sources tell him Ravens QB Lamar Jackson‘s mother is not negotiating her son’s extension with the team, although she may be advising him along with other business associates he has in that role.
- One agent told Florio they think former NFL player Abe Elam is involved. Elam’s brother, Matt Elam, was a former Ravens first-round pick as a safety and also represented himself in lieu of an agent.